Roy Hodgson holds England job talks

Updated: 01 May 2012 01:05 IST

Roy Hodgson left Wembley Stadium on Monday, with all the indications he was set to be appointed to the vacant England manager's post.

Roy Hodgson holds England job talks


Roy Hodgson left Wembley Stadium on Monday, with all the indications he was set to be appointed to the vacant England manager's post.

The West Bromwich Albion manager met with Football Association officials at their Wembley headquarters in north London for what turned out to be four hours' worth of talks before leaving without making any public comment.

It is not expected the FA will now make any further statements on the issue of the England manager until Tuesday at the earliest.

And that may simply be because they do not want to distract from Monday's potentially title-deciding Premier League clash between Manchester City and Manchester United at Eastlands.

Hodgson met with the four-man panel tasked with finding a new England manager featuring FA chairman David Bernstein, former West Ham and England midfielder Sir Trevor Brooking, now the FA's director of football development, and senior officials Alex Horne and Adrian Bevington.

The FA's surprise decision to go for the 64-year-old Hodgson instead of long-time favourite Harry Redknapp left much of the British press underwhelmed.

"What are the Hods on that?" was the front-page story in The Sun tabloid, while the Daily Mail said the "fans' backlash" has already begun.

With just six weeks to go until England play their first match at Euro 2012, the FA confirmed on Sunday they had been granted permission from West Brom to speak to Hodgson about the position vacated by Fabio Capello.

Tottenham manager Redknapp appeared to have conceded defeat, telling Sky Sports: "It's no problem. If Roy takes the job, I wish him all the best. He's a great guy. I've got a great job here."

Hodgson, who has already guided West Brom to safety this season, would be available to take over immediately unlike Redknapp, whose buyout clause at Tottenham could have cost the FA up to £10 million ($16.2 million).

Bernstein said Hodgson, who has managed Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland, and club sides in Sweden, Italy and England, without ever winning a major trophy, was the only manager the FA had approached.

"Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set-out soon after Fabio Capello's departure," Bernstein said.

Hodgson, who has guided both Inter Milan and Fulham to the Europa League final, took over at West Brom in 2011 after an unhappy and unsuccessful six-month spell in charge of Liverpool.

Several newspapers recalled Hodgson had given an interview at the start of the season in which he said he would only consider taking the England job if he had the backing of the FA, the media and the players.

"I would rather hope if I was ever going to be offered the England job, it would be with the backing of the important people," he told journalists then.

"And that would be of course the fans and the people like yourselves (the media), who represent the fans. Otherwise it's going to be a very difficult job for anyone who takes it and has not got the backing of these people."

England are currently under the caretaker charge of Stuart Pearce, the former England defender who is also the manager of the national Under-21 side and coach of the British Olympic team.

Concerns have been raised about the FA's failure to get a permanent manager on board so close to the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, where England begin the tournament against France in Donetsk on June 11.

But Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick when England last won a major title by beating West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley, said this could work to the side's advantage.

"Roy has not been involved in the preparations to date and that's not ideal," said Hurst.

"But, in some respects, I see that as a positive. It might take the pressure off, certainly from the media and the fans, to be successful this year."

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